This will be Djokovic’s first French final as the world number one looks to complete a career Grand Slam following his triumphs at Wimbledon and the US Open in 2011 before claiming a third Australian Open crown earlier this year.
The final turned out to be a classic in January, with Djokovic and Nadal slugging it out over five sets and nearly 6 hours before the Serbian claimed the spoils. However, his task of beating the Spaniard appears to be that much harder on this clay surface that the world number two loves so much.
Nadal is the 3/10 favourite (Paddy Power free bets) and it’s easy to see why that price exists considering the 26-year-old has been absolutely sensational in Paris over the last fortnight. The Majorca player hasn’t dropped a set en route to the final and completely wiped the floor with compatriot David Ferrer in the semi-final.
Nadal dropped just five games in three sets against Ferrer and odds of 6/4 (Sky Bet free £10 bet no deposit) about the six-time French Open winner claiming another whitewash looks a tempting bet, even if Djokovic did produce a complete display to beat Roger Federer in the semi-final.
The world number one clearly doesn’t know he’s beaten, having come back from the dead against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarter final after having been previously taken to five sets by Andreas Seppi, although can he possibly trouble his old adversary on Sunday?
Djokovic is available at 14/5 (Sportingbet) to win his first ever French Open title and he took advantage of a below-par Federer to ensure a straight sets win in the semi-final, although he must still be running on empty considering the amount of game time he has had compared to Nadal.
Something tells us that the world number one might just avoid a straight sets battering although surely he can land no more than one set against Nadal and 3-1 in the Spaniard’s favour looks a touch at 3/1 with Sportingbet.
Naturally, many people like a bet on the handicap betting here and you can get even money with Paddy Power about Nadal with a -5.5 game handicap, while Djokovic will need to make a fast start to win and he is 20/23 with Boylesports to win with a 5.5 game handicap.